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Dolly Parton is 71 today. Here's why so many of her fans 'Will Always Love' her.

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Dolly Parton is 71 today. Here's why so many of her fans 'Will Always Love' her.

WATCH | Born Jan. 19, 1946, Dolly Parton celebrates her 71st birthday Thursday. Here are just some of the reasons her biggest fans "Will Always Love" her.

The country legend famously says "I'm as old as yesterday, but hopefully as new as tomorrow."

Although she grew up "dirt poor," she's become one of music's most successful singer-songwriters. She penned "I Will Always Love You," which Whitney Houston famously covered and topped the charts with for 14 weeks in 1992.

Dolly Parton - I Will Always Love You (Live)

Parton had topped Billboard's Top Country Songs chart with that same hit in 1974, and again, with a re-released version, in 1982.

"Jolene," "9 to 5" and "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind" are among the 3,000 other songs she's written.

Wed 50 years to Carl Dean, she knows "every line in his face and he knows every hair in my wig."

Southern Living asked her to pick big breasts or big hair. She preferred to "pick three."

Dolly Parton on Hannah Montana "Good Golly Miss Dolly"

Millennials dig her bond with Miley Cyrus. Parton considers herself Cyrus' "fairy godmother."

Parton's a natural scene-stealer in the movies "9 to 5," "Steel Magnolias" and "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas."

Dollywood - Love Every Moment

Her theme park's got more than rides

Parton is so much fun, she's got her own theme park: Dollywood, in the mountains of her native Tennessee. The park's also home to the American Eagle Foundation, a sanctuary for non-releasable bald eagles.

Parton also helps people: Her recent telethon raised $9 million for wildfire victims.

Park proceeds also help her Imagination Library project and Alzheimer's Tennessee.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library on PBS NewHour

In 2017, Imagination Library is expected to mail book No. 100 million  matching the number of music units she'd sold as of 2014.

Parton's good deeds went viral in 2015, when she sang duets with a young fan with Down Syndrome.

That humanity is why the Kennedy Center Honoree transcends her eight Emmys and two Academy Award nominations.

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